When the chef Carmel Somers, of Good Things Café, stayed at Mona Best’s Bridge House B&B, she was no sooner ensconced in her room than she was sending a ‘phone picture to all her mates. For there, on the side table, was a consummate example of the impish wit of Bridge House: side-by-side sat copies of the Holy Bible... and “Fifty Shades of Grey”. The sacred, and the profane. The elegant (the King James Bible) and the crassly commercial (Fifty Shades...).
That’s the thing about Mona Best: she has one hell of a good sense of humour. The humour keeps her ever young, and it animates every element of this lovely B&B, which is not like any other B&B we know. If the movie director Tim Burton curated a B&B, then it would look like Bridge House, with its whacky mannequins, its flowery window baskets, its pretty bicycle parked out front, its air of surrealism and serenity, its air of perennial surprise. In Bridge House, there is no tension whatsoever between the Holy Bible and “Fifty Shades of Grey”, so prepare to be seduced by both the sacred and the profane in West Cork style.
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